Green Line MBTA Train Was Going Three Times Speed Limit, Investigators Say

A Green Line T trolley was badly damaged after slamming into another train on Friday, injuring more than two dozen. Photo: Joe Gordon/NTSB

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The Green Line MBTA trolley that smashed into another near Boston University on Friday was going three times the speed limit, according to an early report from the National Transportation Safety Board.

The speed limit on the stretch of tracks near Pleasant Street is 10 miles per hour, but the NTSB said the train's recorder data said it was going 30 when it slammed into the other train on Friday evening. The other train was doing the speed limit, and both were headed west.

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That crash happened at around 6:00 PM, and 27 people were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, including some MBTA employees. Two of the cars in the train that was hit, and one of the cars in the crashing train were derailed.

The driver of the colliding train was put on administrative leave by the MBTA shortly after the crash.

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Written by Chaiel Schaffel

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